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31 Things To Do in December

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Hello December! Discover what’s happening with the Hello Woodlands’ monthly “31 Things To Do” guide featuring events, activities, locations, and ways to get involved in your community.

Join us this December by trying new activities and attending events in and around The Woodlands, Texas. Be sure to follow us on social media at @HelloWoodlands and subscribe to our email newsletter to stay updated for upcoming events, ticket giveaways, live videos, photos, and so much more!



December 5 – Christmas Dessert & Worship with Jennifer Rothschild – Gather your girlfriends on Thursday, December 5 from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. on the Main Campus of The Woodlands United Methodist Church to share scrumptious desserts, life-giving worship and inspiring teaching with Jennifer Rothschild. Known for her substance, and down-to-earth style, she explores universal principles to help audiences find contentment, walk with endurance, and celebrate the ordinary. Register Here

December 5 – Holly Jolly Jingle – This free holiday concert tradition that highlights the best and brightest orchestras and student musicians from across Conroe ISD – and a whole lot more! Don’t forget caroling, performances in the plazas and everything you could possibly hope for to help get ready for the Holiday season! Learn More

December 6 – 15th Annual Signatures Author Series – Internationally acclaimed bestselling novelist Maria Semple, author of 3 novels, including Today Will Be Different, Where’d You Go, Bernadette, and This One Is Mine, is the featured speaker for the 15th Annual Signatures Author Series at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. The event also features local authors, book signings and a VIP book signing with the author for major table sponsors. Pre-lunch events begin at 10 a.m. and the keynote portion begins at noon. As is tradition, a portion of the proceeds from this annual event is given to a local charitable organization, which will be The Montgomery County Memorial Library System for 2019. Purchase Tickets

December 14 & 15 – “A Child Changed the World” Christmas Musical – The Woodlands United Methodist Church’s talented Chancel Choir and Sanctuary Orchestra will present the Christmas story at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary, so you and your family can experience the sounds of the season and come to know the love of Christ. Purchase Tickets


November 1 – December 6 – Blanket Drive for Seniors – Guaranty Bank & Trust is partnering with Meals on Wheels Montgomery County to host a Holiday Blanket Drive for local, homebound seniors. Drop off new lap blankets at Guaranty Bank & Trust, 244 South Loop 336 West, Conroe, TX 77304, Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m from November 1 – December 6, 2019. Learn More

Guaranty Bank Blankets for Seniors 2019

Open Daily November 16 – January 20, 2020 – The Woodlands Ice Rink at Town Center Open – The Woodlands Township invites residents and visitors alike to enjoy The Ice Rink at The Woodlands Town Center this holiday season. The 21,000-square-foot permanent multipurpose facility features ice skating in a main room with lighting, a state-of-the-art sound system, tables for parties and concessions. The Ice Rink is located at 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands TX 77381, in The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion multi-purpose building/event center on the northwest side of The Pavilion at the corner of Lake Robbins and Six Pines. Learn More

December 1 – Cars & Coffee for a Cause – The Woodlands Car Club will meet at Market Street from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (check-in opens at 6:30 a.m. in front of Starbucks) to continue efforts to provide a fun and creative way to give back to our community. The Woodlands Car Club provides a morning gathering with cars to raise money to give back to our community for charity. Each quarter The Market Street Association chooses a Montgomery County-based charity that the donations benefit. The club as donated over $20,000 to local charities from this program since 2008. Learn More

December 5 – Emily Dickinson Birthday Celebration & Gathering of Poets – Twenty distinguished poets reading their favorite Emily Dickinson poem and one of their own works, led by Dede Fox, 2019 Montgomery County Poet Laureate and Dave Parsons, 2011 Texas Poet Laureate. The celebration, hosted by The Greater Conroe Arts Alliance & The Montgomery County Literary Arts Council, will take place from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. in Martin’s Hall in downtown Conroe. Learn More




December 6, 7 & 8 – Mamma Mia! The Musical – Set in the Greek Isles to the hit songs of ABBA, one of the largest John Cooper School casts to date will present the musical Mamma Mia! on December 6, 7 and 8 in the school’s Glenn Performing Arts Center. Approximately 70 cast and tech crew members will put on nine dynamic big numbers in a fun show that will have the audience dancing in their seats for the big finale number. Many will recognize the songs in this fast-moving production that features colorful dance numbers. With an emphasis on fun, Mamma Mia does contain mature themes that may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13. Tickets for the public are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Purchase Tickets

December 7 – Christmas on Commerce – Commerce Street in downtown Tomball will be turned into a Christmas wonderland filled with live music and storytellers, choirs and vendors, rides, crafts to create and more. Santa and his crew will be there, too. Free admission and parking. Learn More

December 7 – Montgomery County Mistletoe Market – Call the girls and mark your calendar for the start of the Christmas Holiday shopping season! Come explore this upscale indoor market with funky junque, handmade jewelry, art, antiques, women’s and children’s boutique clothing, home and garden decor, gourmet food, and more at the Lone Star Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn More

December 7 – 9th Annual Human Rights Day Walk & Festival – Bring your friends and family to Town Green Park for this fun filled event of entertainment, educational speakers, and a walk with like-minded individuals supporting human rights. Enjoy great music, fair trade shopping, arts and crafts, bouncy houses, rock climbing wall, allied human rights groups and education, gourmet food trucks, and several more surprises. Learn More




December 7 & 14 – Jingle Boats – Make part of this holiday season about discovering the outdoors with a kid-friendly holiday chance to paddle for presents at Lake Woodlands. Beginning at Riva Row, follow the trail west to find floating presents, and then come back to the boat house for treats and a visit with Santa! One tandem kayak included; all additional boats at regular price. Learn More

December 8 – Inspiration Ranch’s Christmas in The Woods – Grab your friends and family and launch your Christmas season in style. Christmas in the Woods includes activities for the whole family including photos with Santa, The Polar Express hayride, Christmas shopping, crafts, games, activities, and a showing of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. This event offers many ways to support the kids, families, and horses at Inspiration Ranch. You can purchase an ornament from the Inspiration Ranch Giving Tree, adopt-a-horse, and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win some incredible prizes. Learn More

December 13, 14 & 15 – Tomball German Christmas Market – The Tomball German Christmas Market boasts 200 merchandise, food and beverage vendors, four stages, loads of entertainment and street performers, kids zone, carnival and more. Meet Father Christmas and other characters, too. Learn More




December 14 – Jingle Bell Run – Jingle Bell Run is a festive race to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, where participants can throw on their favorite holiday gear while racing to raise funds and awareness to cure America’s #1 cause of disability. The event will take place at the Rob Fleming Aquatic Center on December 14th with a warm-up beginning at 8:00 a.m. followed by the 5k and 1-mile start times respectively. Learn More

December 14 – Gingerbread House Making with Santa – Build and decorate a gingerbread house with gum drops, peppermints, frosting and more at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park. Parent participation required. Recommended for ages 5 – 12. Learn More

December 14 – The Conroe Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas at the Movies – Celebrate the season with The Conroe Symphony Orchestra, featuring some of your favorite holiday music and scores from Christmas movies at the Mims Baptist Church. Learn More

December 14 – Cookies with Santa – Santa Claus is coming to Spring Fire Stations 74 & 75 to have cookies with the little ones and learn what they want for Christmas. Station 74 at 23803 Aldine Westfield Road from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m., and Station 75 at 3975 FM 2920 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Learn More




December 14 – Winter Wonderland at Creekside – Winter Wonderland is a free, family-friendly celebration featuring activities, holiday music, photo ops with Santa Claus, carnival games, a petting zoo, a pony carousel, face painters, a balloon artist, and fun inflatables at Creekside Park. Learn More

December 14 & 15 – Wilderness First Aid – This 16-hour Wilderness First Aid Course at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park is an educational resource for those involved in activities that take them beyond the boundaries of traditional urban emergency medical services. Hikers, backpackers, kayakers, canoeists, fisherman, adventure racers, farm and utility workers, forest rangers, law enforcement, and victims of natural disaster often find themselves in situations where definitive care is delayed in excess of 30 minutes. This course meets the requirements for organizations that require/recommend training in back country emergency response for almost any location. Two-year certification issued upon successful completion of class. Class is held December 14 & 15, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is for ages 14 and up. Learn More

December 14 & 21 – Breakfast with Santa – This event includes continental style breakfast, a special craft, holiday music and photographs with Santa during Breakfast with Santa, at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park. Preregistration is required. Learn More

December 15 – Feliz Navi-Dog – Bring your fur baby out to Bear Branch Dog Park for a treat hunt and holiday pooch pageant! Enjoy hot cocoa while your pets socialize. Choose two out of the six categories: best behaved, best trick, smallest, largest, and best costume. Fee: $5 per dog. Learn More




December 15 – The Woodlands Jazz in Concert – New/Now, the inaugural concert for The Woodlands Jazz, will feature The Woodlands Youth Jazz and The Woodlands Jazz Orchestra in a dynamic side-by-side free concert at the Glenn Performing Arts Center at The John Cooper School. The Woodlands Jazz pairs jazz masters with elite-level high school musicians to create a musical setting unlike any other. Get Tickets

December 15 – North Pole Bakery – Decorate cookies and other treats at the North Pole! Pastry chefs get to decorate a holiday apron and take pictures with Santa at the Bear Branch Recreation Center. Recommended for ages: 3 – 12. Learn More

December 17 – The Nest for Newbies Breast Cancer Support Group – This group is a safe haven for women who have been newly diagnosed with breast cancer. This is a five month program, held once a month at 12:00 pm with a different topic each time. Please RSVP to the Canopy front desk by calling 713-897-5939. Learn More

December 21 – Elves & Arrows – Get an introduction to archery with a holiday twist! The first hour will be instruction for beginner archers and second hour will be archery and holiday games. Hot cocoa and snacks provided. The program is held at the archery course located at the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park and is for ages 9 and up. Learn More

December 21 – Milk & Cookies with Santa – Have milk and cookies with Santa, hear a Christmas story, decorate cookies and make a holiday plate at The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park. Don’t forget your camera for a picture with Santa! This event is for ages 3-11 years. Learn More

December 22 through 24 – “A Child Changed the World” Christmas Eve Services – Experience how the love of Christ changes us all. Bring your family and invite some friends to one of 19 services across two campuses starting Sunday, December 22 through Christmas Eve. The Woodlands United Methodist Church offers a variety of experiences to choose from, including: traditional candlelight worship, special needs family worship, casual/ contemporary candlelight worship, worship for those who are grieving, and children’s worship. Learn More

December 31 – High Noon Countdown – This child-friendly event allows little ones to celebrate the New Year with art projects, a countdown and a balloon drop. Celebrations are at: 9:30-11:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m., and 2:00-3:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 7 and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Learn More

December 31 – 007 New Year’s Eve at The Resort – Join The Woodlands Resort for a “007” Casino Royale New Year’s Eve Gala. Lady Luck is in the house with Austin’s electric PDA Band, plus an unlimited hosted bar from 9pm until 1am. Event is 21+ for attendance. Learn More

Plan ahead for January! Visit our online calendar, subscribe to our Email Newsletter, follow us on social media at @HelloWoodlands, and check back for a list of 31 things to do in January 2020!

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